Mega Man Creator Says Japanese Industry Has “Gotten Worse”
Mega Man creator, Keiji Inafune, is not happy with the state of the gaming industry in Japan and says it’s a “shame” that it has fallen further in recent times. However, he does see Kickstarter as a lifeline of sorts.
Speaking with GameSpot today at PAX Prime, Inafune lamented the state of the industry, but said developers have options to turn things around.
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“Ultimately, it’s probably gotten worse than when I was talking about it before. And that’s a shame,” Inafune said through a translator. “But there are options out there. And there are many options that Japanese independent developers can pursue to gain more control, to own their own IP, et cetera.”
“And Kickstarter is one of those fantastic options,” he added. “And so, one of the reasons why I was interested in doing this Kickstarter wasn’t just because potentially being able to connect with the fans, but also potentially being able to show other Japanese independent developers that there is a way, that there are options.”
Yesterday, Inafune announced a new Kickstarter project for Mighty No. 9 which is a spiritual successor to Mega Man. The project has drawn strong initial interest, with more than $650,000 pledged of its $900,000 goal in just 24 hours. Funding closes on October 1. The project is currently around $60, 000 away from its goal.
Inafune is still hopeful that there is a way back up for the Japanese gaming industry. Personally, the scene in Japan is coasting or rather moving laterally. It’s not advancing in the sort of ways that western developers and publishers are.